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REQ: Sononym 1.3.1 OSX screenshot
Sononym represents an innovative approach to sample browsing, using machine learning and audio feature extraction to make personal sample collections searchable and discoverable.

The primary innovation in Sononym is called "Similarity Search", a special search mode which accepts any sound as the input, and finds relevant sounds throughout your sample collection. Using this approach, it's even possible to connect a synth, guitar or microphone to locate samples by recording new sounds on-the-fly.

In addition to this, the software offers many other features that you would expect from a sample browser, such as fully searchable and sortable file/results views and a modern, streamlined user interface.

Changelog :

Sononym 1.3 improves several key aspects of the software. Here are the highlights:

Faster Access to Libraries
Select and Search/Export Audio Regions
Favorites, Quick and Simple
System Clipboard Support
New Columns: Date Added, Crest Factor
Tweaked Filter Panels
Better Handling of Missing Files and Folders
New keyboard shortcuts
Other tweaks and bug fixes
Additional Update Information

Version 1.3.1 - Released Dec 12th 2021
IMPORTANT: As part of this release, your existing libraries will need to be upgraded.
Continue reading for more information.

Faster Access to Libraries (DB Upgrade)
Sononym 1.3 introduces a new database structure that improves performance with external/network-based drives. In addition, your libraries should be ready to use in much less time than before.

Here’s how it works.
First, choose your library and click Upgrade. You should see something like the following dialog appear:
Simply press OK and Sononym will handle the rest. Of course, you can still use your other libraries while the upgrade process is running.
When multiple libraries are in need of upgrade, you might choose to batch upgrade them:
The dialog will allow you to run the upgrade process simultaneously on all libraries, or one library at a time. Upgrading one library at a time might require less computer resources.

Collections are now called Projects
OK, this is not a “feature” as such, but we have found it a bit confusing that Sononym is referring to Libraries as well as something called Collections. These terms can be used interchangeably, so in order to clarify things we have decided that from now on, a Collection is called a Project. This helps to underscore that we are talking about a number of samples that serve some kind of specific, shared purpose.

Select and Search/Export Audio Regions
We’ve added the ability to create a selection within a sample, and a couple of actions are introduced along with this new feature:

Creating a selection
Simply press the waveform and drag to create a selection. Dragging along either edge will allow you to resize the selection, and dragging along the top will allow you to move the entire selection:
And of course, selections will also affect how playback works. For example, playing a looped sample will respect the selection boundaries.

Search for similarity to the selected audio
If you want to search for similarity to e.g. a single snare hit within a loop, simply drag to select the desired part and right-click, or click the similarity icon in the top right corner:



Create a selection and drag it somewhere else (Export).
The selection can also be dragged into your DAW, or any other application that accepts audio files.
To export the selected audio, simply position your mouse over the the selection and drag it into your desired spot. You can also drag it straight into a Sononym project using this approach.
Note: the cropped audio is currently converted to 32-bit WAV format.
We will make this configurable at a later point.

Favorites, Quick and Simple
It’s now possible to favorite files and folders. This is useful when you need to quickly mark a sample for later access, for example while stepping through search results.
How files can be added to favorites. To add a folder, open the folder tree and follow the same approach.
If you need to favorite more than one file at a time, use the shortcut SHIFT+F, drag the favorites into the favorites side-panel, or right-click and choose “Set as Favorite”.
The feature comes with a dedicated side-panel where you can do the following things:

Search Filename
Press the magnifying glass to bring up the search input.

Options: Sort by Name / Date Added / Location
Here you can choose various ways of viewing/sorting the favorites. The default choice is “Date”, which shows the most recently added entries at the top.

Options: Auto-reveal
The Favorites panel is, by default, set to automatically reveal the location of the selected favorite in the browser. You can disable this option and instead, choose to manually reveal files in the browser by right-clicking them.

System Clipboard Support
Sometimes, it’s the small things that make a big difference: it’s now - finally! - possible to copy selected files to the system clipboard on Windows and macOS. This is often preferable to using the mouse for dragging and dropping files.
To copy a file, select the appropriate action from the context-menu (right-click) or use the provided keyboard shortcut (Ctrl/Cmd + C).
The feature applies to both search results, projects and favorites.

New Columns: Date Added, Crest Factor
Date Added
This column shows the exact time a sample was added to the library - very handy when you need to find those sample packs you added to the library last night.

Crest factor
This columns shows the crest factor, a numeric representation of the ratio between peak and RMS. The value is perhaps best understood by looking at a number of concrete examples:
Here, a single, loud peak in a otherwise quiet sample. This leads to very high crest factor.
Here, a sparsely populated rhythm. This is also considered a high crest factor.
Here, a dense rhythm leads to a medium-low crest factor.
And finally, a constant tone, almost without dynamic variation. This will always lead to a low crest factor, no matter how loud the actual audio is.

Tweaked Filter Panels
The RMS/Loudness panel has been renamed to “Loudness” and the existing RMS filter has been joined by two new filters relating to loudness: Peak and Crest Factor.

Better Handling of Missing Files and Folders
This feature should mostly be self-explanatory - error messages are now accompanied by actions that can be taken to resolve the problem.
For example, if Sononym is unable to resolve a source file in a project, the following dialog is shown:
And if you have moved an entire library and pointed Sononym to the new location, the application will offer to fix any broken links:
This should make it much less of a pain to handle those scenarios where you are frequently moving files around, or have made fundamental changes to your computer setup.

New keyboard shortcuts
Copy Selected File(s): Cmd/Ctrl+C
Add favorite: Shift+F
Remove Favorite: Shift+C
Toggle favorite panel: Shift+Cmd/Ctrl+F
Global Preview + Audio Seek : Arrow Left / Arrow Right
Preview Sample (Ignore Selection): Cmd/Ctrl+Enter
Open Preferences: Cmd/Ctrl+Comma
For an overview of the various shortcuts for triggering audio previews, please look here

Various bug fixes and improvements
Fixed: Emojis in filenames could break sample playback
Fixed: “Date modified” sometimes showing wrong time
Fixed: Incorrect certificate validation for update server
Fixed: Thesaurus could pick up wrong terms
Fixed: (Windows) Incorrectly labelled keyboard shortcuts
Fixed: Various minor bugs and inconsistencies
Improvement: Make crawler recognize relative symlinks
Improvement: Retain selected file on app relaunch
Improvement: Additional shortcuts for Waveform-panel
Change: Unfixed some columns in the search results
Change: Skip certain system folders in macOS 10.15 and newer
Change: Tweak note column appearance

Version 1.3.1

Fixed: Potential layout shift when side-panel contains many items
Fixed: Crop-on-drag: audio encoding not supported by Ableton Live
Fixed: Right-arrow not triggering preview in results-table
Fixed: Shortcut for deleting files without prompt not working

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comments

  Member 9.09.2021 65
+30
change system to any future date how much you can put in into future, install it, start, exit, change date back. You have now a long loooong trial. Splash screen but it works
  Resident 15.09.2016 1 299
+64
yes and it works with WIN too
  Member 13.11.2021 6 72
+127
Does not work! I tried 3 times!
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  Resident 11.10.2014 32 77
+782
It works. 5837 days to test !!! Thanks a lot
  Member 13.11.2021 6 72
+127
thank you very much for telling how!?!
Humility and generosity made me rich!
  Member 23.09.2021 7
+1
how exactly do I do that?
  Member 23.03.2015 35 179
+234
Well, it only works if I change date every time before I open the app.
Do I have to restart the MAC or how can I manage to evaluate it after 30 days?
  Member 23.03.2015 35 179
+234
Well, it only works if you change date before you install it and start it the first time. I tried it as Guest on my Mac and it works all the time but now with my normal account cause I don't know which file that it sets the date before I use it the first time. It must be some hidden file...
  Member 26.07.2019 1 25
+12
Yeah, I must have stupidly forgot to click save after changing time as I didn't verify before installing and installed with current date. I took a look for hidden files or files created during the install-first run to see if deleting would allow a do over, Outside of he 'config-prefs' stuff in the App support folder, didn't find anything.

If you ever find out whatever needs to be removed so can do it again, please post. i will do the same.
  Resident 21.03.2018 1 380
+88
Would appreciate this for PC, too!

quote by Negativechange system to any future date... install it, start, exit, change date back. You have now a long loooong trial.


Are you referring to the demo available from the manufacturer's website?
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